August 31 2014

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Kerry Washington’s Blue Lids Are a New Breed of Smoke Show


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There were plenty of smoke shows at the Emmys tonight—Taylor Schilling, Kate Mara, and Lizzy Caplan, to name just three—but the eyes that stood out in a sea of bronze, black, and gray belonged to Kerry Washington. Playing off the blue miniskirt underneath Washington’s fiery orange Prada gown, makeup artist Carola Gonzalez created shimmery navy lids using Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in Cosmos up into the crease and along the lower lashes, topping the azure pigment with Neutrogena Crease Proof Eye Shadow in Forever Platinum. For definition, Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Liner in Twilight Blue was applied on the inner waterline before lashes were lacquered with “four coats” of Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara. To enhance her already bulked-up fringe, a few falsies were added. “Lashes are what seal the deal,” said Gonzalez. The pro attributed the celeb’s flawless base to Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX11 and sculpted cheekbones to Neutrogena Healthy Skin Custom Glow Blush & Bronzer in Raisin Glow—a “universal shade,” the face painter noted, that flatters the entire spectrum of skin tones. Washington’s nude nail polish was the inspiration for her matching lip: Neutrogena’s MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Warm Caramel. Despite all the buzz surrounding the Scandal star, and the fact that E! was predicting what she would wear down the red carpet during their prep session (all options the actress found “hilarious”), Washington wasn’t the only one the glam squad had their eyes on—4-month-old Isabelle was in tow. “She’s always the center of attention,” quipped Gonzalez. I guess a nomination, a hit television show, and svelte post-baby silhouette won’t win you everything.


Photos: Getty; Courtesy Photos (4)

A Brooklyn Jewelry Designer’s Laid-Back Beauty Routine


suzannah-wainhouseIn the ever changing—and, perhaps more accurately, quickly homogenizing—creative landscape of New York, jewelry designer Suzannah Wainhouse stands blissfully apart: both she and her work, resolutely singular presences. I first discovered her impactful creations, many of which have an antique, often native quality to them, at Williamsburg’s Beautiful Dreamers and have counted myself a fan ever since (I can rarely be found without my leather-bound, arrowhead Ida necklace). This summer Wainhouse has been dreaming up a new African-inspired collection of jewelry, while also spending plenty of time in her painting studio (look out for shows in September and October) and trolling the beach at Fort Tilden. Just as striking as her jewelry is her own extensive collection of tattoos, all of which have been done by friends (most recently, Brooklyn’s Bailey Robinson) and are, therefore, quite meaningful. Wainhouse, whose beauty icon ideal would be a mash-up of Jane Birkin and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, has a routine that is pared down to say the least. Here, she shares some of her go-tos.


“I try to keep my beauty regimen simple and use only organic products and lots of oil. I use a lot of Josie Maran and Suki products—my favorites are the Josie Maran Argan Oil face wash and the Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser. For oil, I always love Spectrum coconut oil, Dr. Alkaitis face oil, and Rodin face oil.”


“I love Gypsy Water by Byredo, because I don’t go for overpowering scents and this one is really light.”


“I only wash my hair once a week with Phyto Phytojoba Intense Hydration Brilliance Shampoo and Phytobaume Repair Conditioner, then use Weleda’s Rosemary Hair Oil afterward.”


“I almost never wear makeup, but on the rare occasion that I do I like lipstick by YSL and Dior mascara.”


“I walk to and from work every day across the Williamsburg Bridge, which is good exercise. Sleep and lots of rest seems to be the best wellness treatment of all!”


“I love Great Jones Spa for their hot stone massage and the incredible steam room. And I get facials from my friend Hillery [Sklar] at Miomia in Williamsburg. She has a really gentle yet effective technique of steaming, extracting, and hydrating the skin.”

Photo: Jessica Malaforus

The Best Bobs From the Fall Campaigns


GetFileAttachment-3We analyzed the best ads of Fall 2014 in our latest feature, “On the Campaign Trail,” but legendary supes and photogs aside, the one beauty look that reigned supreme across the board was the bob. From long iterations (e.g., the lob) in Jimmy Choo and Lancaster’s imagery, to short, angular chops at Bottega Veneta and Dior, designers seemed to agree on at least one thing: losing a few inches is the freshest way to face a new season. Here, your hair inspo for the cooler months ahead.

Dior’s Art of Perfume Arrives in Shanghai



The Miss Dior exhibit that opened last November at the Grand Palais in Paris has found its way East—flinging open its doors once again, this time at the Sculpture Palace in Shanghai. Inspired by the house’s fragrance of the same name, the installation, open through July 20, features fifteen female artists who interpreted the iconic eau through various mediums (including jewelry and sculpture). And in addition to the original set of contributors, Chinese photographer Liu Lijie created a triptych titled Fan Fan specifically for the Shanghai expo that mimics the gust of wind and three subsequent moments a fan would create, as well as interprets the structure of the Miss Dior blend (top, heart, and base accords).


Similar to how all the artists were given carte blanche to let their creativity run wild, the same can be said for house nose François Demachy and the newly launched range of Les Extraits comprised of five signature scents (Poison, Miss Dior, J’adore, Diorissimo, and Miss Dior Original). This is the “highest level of perfume,” explained Demachy, as the extraits are more “powerful, rich, and extreme” than your typical eau de toilette or parfum (hence the reason the bottles are shrunken in size). Though each fragrance is undoubtedly distinctive, Demachy revisited each classic and infused it with the Rose de Mai note. And for such a precious range of perfumes, no ordinary bloom would do. The rare roses found in the extraits (300,000 flowers are required to produce one kilo of absolute) are grown exclusively for Dior by two farms in Grasse, with the harvest overseen by Demachy himself. “It’s like wine. For instance, you have many different and many good wines, but you only have one Château d’Éclépens. And the same goes for the rose. You can have a rose from Turkey, Bulgaria, and Morocco, but the place where Rose de Mai is [grown] is very, very special because first it’s rosa di centifolia—it’s different than the others.” The same attention to detail and craftsmanship is extended to the flacon, where the “Dior Atelier Ladies” seal each by hand using the traditional baudruche technique. We like to think of these mini masterpieces as olfactory couture—minus the six-figure price tag.

$175 each or $1,100 for a coffret of five;


Photos: Courtesy of Dior

Dior Designs a Scent for Dudes



Designing a fragrance—specifically one meant to attract the male demographic in the U.S.—requires the man behind it to get in the kitchen. It’s not a place you’d expect a perfumer to start, but for the house nose at Dior, François Demachy, this part of the process is paramount. “It’s very important to smell the atmosphere and try some new cooking because cooking is really an image of each culture,” he explained. After all, the flavors, spices, and sensations that accompany an order of steak frites vastly differ from that of meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

The classic Dior Homme Eau de Toilette, launched in 2005, primarily appealed to Europeans. And though the new blend crafted by Demachy shares many of the same notes (like Tuscan iris and cardamom), it’s decidedly fresher, with hints of crisp grapefruit and bergamot, followed by a warm base of Virginia cedarwood. “Freshness,” noted Demachy, equates to “cleanliness,” at least in the minds of those residing stateside. “[Dior Homme Eau] is also more direct and less complicated,” he added. In short: It caters to the simplistic olfactory palette (and mind?) of the American male.


Or, top of a freshly shaven face with Dior Homme Eau After-Shave Lotion, $50, out this month.